Journal of European Psychology Students

The Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS) is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by EFPSA and is open for submissions from psychology students worldwide.

JEPS’ main task is the publishing of journal articles written by students. We are not restricted to a specific field, but welcome articles of every topic related to psychology. 

Furthermore, JEPS runs a blog–the JEPS Bulletin–where students can read up on the world of psychological science. Here the JEPS team publishes various articles, e.g., interviews with scientists or posts related to scientific writing or improving your data analysis.
Guest contributions are always welcome as well (just write to us at journal@efpsa.org)!

Target audience

As a student journal, JEPS addresses students who want to publish their own scientific work. This can be a Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis but also studies that were done outside of a university - like a scientific project in the EFPSA Junior Researcher Program, during an internship, or even a self-made literature review. We take submissions from students as long as it is an article from the field of psychology or related fields (e.g. cognitive or neuroscience, scientific methodology/applied statistics, or behavioral science). Articles from Ph.D. students or professional researchers are excluded.

Publication criteria

JEPS strives for sound research within the articles to be published. Sound research means that the implementation of a study follows an ethical and logical basis, the methodology is implemented thoroughly, and that the conclusions of the study are based on comprehensive evidence from the data. It is very important to remark that JEPS does not see statistical significance as a reason to publish or reject a paper - the important criteria are that the study was conducted soundly and that the conclusions are coherent with the presented evidence.
An article that is submitted to JEPS must not be considered by or submitted to another publication outlet (publicly available bachelor’s or master’s theses are exempt from this criterion, as well as preprints).   

Publication Process

How does the publication process look like when you decide to publish an article in JEPS? JEPS has a multilevel process to ensure scientific standards - just like other psychological journals. During the whole process, the focus of JEPS editors is to work closely together with you to improve the quality of your article and to guide you through the publication process.

Submission: First you create a free account on our website and upload your paper as a submission.

Technical Review: After your paper is submitted, an Editor from the JEPS-Team will be assigned to perform the Technical Review. Here, we will check whether the article follows the criteria of the JEPS Submission Guideline (i.e., mostly adhering to the APA Manual) and if the text is well-structured. You will receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your article and appropriate suggestions towards its improvement. After all formal shortcomings have been corrected, your article will go on to the next stage: the Content Review.

Content Review: In Content Review, your article will be reviewed by one of our Associate Editors (PhD-Students or Postdocs) and assigned to at least two external reviewers. This is analogous to the review process in other scientific journals to ensure publication quality.
The key difference is that in JEPS, you will receive in-depth feedback on the scientific rigor of your study and clarity of presentation in the article. This will help you identify possible shortcomings or mistakes in your demonstration of the research process, so that you may draw the appropriate conclusions from your research. Furthermore, this will help you with subsequent endeavours in scientific writing.

Final Editing

Copyediting: Once your article successfully demonstrates its adherence to JEPS’ standard of quality, it will be forwarded to a cCopyeditor, who will do the final grammar check-up. The copyeditor and the author will be in direct communication to resolve these stylistic issues.
Layout Editing: After Copyediting, the paper goes to the JEPS Editors once more. The Editor in charge of the manuscript will format the article’s layout into its final version, so that it may be ready for publication.
Proofreading: The article will be proofread one last time by the Editor-in-Chief or the Senior Editor and then the publication process will be completed – and you have your first scientific publication in JEPS!

Open Access

Another important aspect of JEPS is our commitment to Open Access. This means that all published articles are freely available to readers. Open Access publications have many advantages, e.g., being available to the general public, therefore increasing readership and citation rates (see our position paper on Open Access).
JEPS has publication costs as many other journals do, too - but only when these are covered by your university which they often do for students. Many universities also offer funding opportunities for Open Access where JEPS usually meets all relevant criteria.

How you benefit from submitting an article to the Journal of European Psychology Students:

  • First publication in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal already during your studies;
  • Constructive feedback during the whole publication process;
  • The article processing charge (APC) will be waived should your school/university not cover those;
  • Guaranteed publication of good quality papers (regardless of the results’ significance)

For more information, follow us here:

JEPS: https://jeps.efpsa.org

JEPS Bulletin: http://blog.efpsa.org

JEPS on Facebook: fb.me/efpsa.jeps

JEPS on Twitter: @efpsa_jeps